Things I can’t do on macOS which I can do on Ubuntu (2020)

Things I can’t do on macOS which I can do on Ubuntu (2020)

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I’ve never “got” the appeal of a Mac. But I have to use one for work.

Here’s a partial list of everything I cannot do on a Mac, but I can do on Ubuntu.

These are all objective facts. These are things which either are impossible, or require adding unsupported 3rd party software – sometimes at a cost.

Resize the system fontI find the menu bar at the top too small. The only way to do this on MacOS is to lower the resolution of the entire screen!Change the system fontI know you like Helvetica San Francisco – but I find it a bit too thin to read.Focus Follow MouseI have multiple screens and multiple windows. I want to be able to hover over a new one and start interacting with it without clicking.Change my mouse button orderOn Linux, this is a complex command-line incantation. On MacOS it is impossible. I use a vertical mouse and use my thumb to click. RSI FTW!Read files from MTP devicesIf I stick a USB cable between my phone and Linux laptop, I can see the Android files on my laptop. I can open them, move them around, etc. On a Mac I need to install some shonky 3rd party software which rarely works.Always on top windowsSometimes I want to keep the calculator on screen while I type an email. Is that too much to ask?No way to remove UI elements.I don’t want a notification icon in the top right of my screen. I prefer having the clock on the left. Trivial in Linux, static in MacOS.Window snappingOn Ubuntu, I drag a window to the side or to a corner, and it snaps into position. Vital when using multiple windows at once. On Mac there’s a half-hearted splitscreen view which only supports horizontal splitting. Useless on a vertical monitor.See tooltipsI can’t see them on Mac when I have a larger cursor. Weird!Mount an SSH or NFS driveIn Ubuntu, I get a nice little GUI for picking network shares. Impossible on Mac.Wobbly Windows!Seriously MacOS. Where’s the fun?I know you’re going to be tempted to reply with “you’re using it wrong” – but I’m not. This is how I like to use my computer. And it is clear that the MacBook isn’t my computer – it is Apple’s.

(OK, OK! It belongs to my employer!)

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